UJAM is a new tool to create your own music online. With it, you can mix up vocals with backing tracks, save it online and share it with your friends. There’s no software to download and it’s completely free. It’s a piece of cake to use.
Sign-up takes less than a minute and then you’re ready to roll. UJAM kindly offers a walk-through on their site so you can see where all the tools are and get started with confidence.
To start your own creation, click on “Application” to begin using the web application.
You can record your own vocals or upload vocals from elsewhere. Just make sure if you’re uploading vocals that you’ve got the rights to use it for a new creation. If you’re recording them with UJAM, you can record it to a click beat to keep your timing steady.
The vocal track should be one single line of voice without harmonies. If you know the BPM (Beats Per Minute) you can let the application know so it’s easier to beat-match the backing tracks.
UJAM lets you change the style of your vocal track, by turning it into an instrument. It’s all done with a simple click on the “instrument” button while you’re looking at the vocal track.
There’s a huge variety of backing-track styles in UJAM to use with your vocals. You’re likely to have trouble choosing what to stick with!
If you’re not feeling vocally inspired and just want to play around, try out the rejamming feature. It lets you take UJAM’s songs and re-work the chords or melody into a new style. You can do this by changing the chord progressions or the instrument or the general style of the piece.
With a couple of clicks, I changed a reggae tune into an Oxygene-style synth track.
Saving and Sharing
All your UJAM creations are saved on the site and shown in a list when you log in. When you want to share these with friends, click “Create MP3” and it will create a file you can send to them. Or, there’s a simple button to share directly on Facebook or Soundcloud.
Thoughts & Threats
UJAM’s idea isn’t really new. There’s plenty of competition out there, including JamStudio & Myna. What it does have is simplicity. If you want to quickly make a parody song or a demo to give to another musician you want to work with, it’s really easy to get it rolling. This simplicity makes it really accessible to newcomers, too. Try letting kids play with it for a while “” or just play with it yourself until you decide whether you want to buy some professional software.
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What will you make with UJAM? Share your ideas or creations in the comments!